Happy Fourth of July! This July Fourth, America will celebrate its 240th year of independence from the British and King George III. Compared to the rest of the world, the "New World" is still budding.
Fourth of July ignites nostalgia on my Cleveland youth and upbringing. Every year, we'd go to the Indian Games on July 3rd where they'd have fireworks for the Fourth. I remember my Ukrainian Great Grandmother always saying how proud she was to live in America after World War II. Her enthusiasm made me so proud to be American, especially with a Midwest upbringing.
Along the path of my maturity in college, I disconnected to the America I once knew. I began to focus on on the negative parts of this "new" culture of consumerism, pesticide and chemical-laden food and high health care costs. I lost my sense of pride. I "found" my way back home after living in Germany.
Once I dove deep in European history and started to see the world go "crazy" I became thankful for America again. From freedom of speech to being a woman and having the freedom to wear, think or say whatever I want is a true gift. It's a blessing and something we should never take for granted.
Now let's face it, alot of world doesn't like us, and they certainly do not appreciate us. They use the technology we create, the clothes we produce and rely on our intelligence. Although there are many things that have gone wrong in our country, we need to get back to our roots to realize how special our freedoms are. I hope everyone has a great and safe 4th of July. Enjoy the time off of work, as that is something we don't get much of now a days.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com